WINNIPEG, Manitoba – The Colorado Avalanche’s struggles proceed.
Jets captain Blake Wheeler scored one objective and arrange 4 others as Winnipeg defeated the Avs (5-2) in a key NHL Western Convention contest earlier than what’s believed to be one other sold-out crowd of 15,321 at Bell MTS Place on Friday night time.
It was Colorado’s fifth straight loss.
Jets sniper Patrick Laine fired house his eighth objective of the season on the facility play, simply 17 seconds after Colorado ahead Sheldon Dries was despatched off for boarding to provide Winnipeg a 4-2 lead. Each Wheeler, who scored an empty-net objective, and defenseman Dustin Byfuglien assisted.
Colorado ahead Tyson Jost, who simply returned from harm, had minimize Winnipeg’s result in 3-2 at 6:52. He took a protracted, lead go from centre Alexander Kerfoot, then beat Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck from concerning the left faceoff circle. Defenceman Tyson Barrie additionally assisted.
Earlier, Jets ahead Nikolaj Ehlers restored Winnipeg’s two-goal lead at 5:42 of the third. Ehlers took an exquisite go from Wheeler on the open facet of the web, then coolly backhanded the puck for his third objective of the season.
Colorado had closed to inside one early within the remaining body. Defenceman Erik Johnson took a go from centre Carl Soderberg, walked in and snapped a shot over goalie Hellebuyck’s left shoulder at 2:26. Defenseman Nikita Zadorov additionally assisted.
There was no scoring within the second interval, however the Avs had an excellent likelihood to tug inside 2-1 whereas killing an interference penalty to Erik Johnson. Dries intercepted a brain-dead, cross-ice go from Laine and had a clear-cut breakaway from his personal blueline. However he shot extensive.
Winnipeg jumped to a 2-Zero lead within the first interval. First, they took benefit of an inadvertent delay of sport penalty to Colorado defenseman Patrick Nemeth halfway by means of the opening body. Simply eight seconds after Nemeth’s butt hit the penalty field bench, Winnipeg ahead Kyle Connor pounced on a rebound in entrance of the open facet of the web and fired house his seventh objective of the season. Forwards Mark Scheifele and Wheeler set that marker up.
Scheifele upped the rating, changing a fairly passing play with Wheeler and defenseman Josh Morrissey for the Jets captain’s seventh of the season.
Byfuglien took an ill-advised roughing penalty late within the first however the Jets had the higher scoring possibilities on the penalty kill. Colorado netminder Semyon Varlamov needed to be sharp on two totally different close-in possibilities to maintain it a two-goal distinction.
It was Winnipeg’s first sport since coming back from Helsinki, Finland, the place they break up a two-game NHL World Sequence with the lowly Florida Panthers, final weekend.
The Avs journey to Edmonton to the play the Oilers on Sunday.